Euro 2016: Semi-Final PredictionsPublished July 6, 2016
The Euro 2016 semi-final’s kick-off tonight, with Wales facing Portugal in Lyon, followed by hosts France taking on World Cup holders Germany in Marseille on Thursday night.
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Whilst many would have expected Germany and France to have made it this far in the competition, the likes of Portugal and especially Wales have surprised many enroute to the final four, and with history becoming, expect both ties to be hotly contested like never before.
Ahead of both encounters, we at Free Bets, make our final semi-final predictions.
Wales v Portugal – Wednesday 6 July, Lyon
Simply put, for Wales, this is the biggest game in their history. Chris Coleman’s side have been an absolute revelation in France, becoming the smallest country by population to reach the semi-final of a European Championship.
The way in which Wales defeated an extremely talented Belgium side in the quarter-finals, was a real statement of intent from Gareth Bale and co, that there is a strong belief that they could go all the way.
In Bale, Wales possess a superstar who can really score at any moment in time, but the same can be said about their opponents on Wednesday night, and a certain Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese superstar may have not been at his best so far in France, but it would be no surprise at all to see him grab the spotlight when it really matters.
Unbelievably Fernando Santos’ side are yet to actually win a single game in 90 minutes at the tournament, and they could be the first team in history to lift the famous trophy without winning a football match in normal time.
For Wales, the suspensions of Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies will prove key and Portugal could yet again find themselves victorious outside of normal time.
Prediction: 1-2 AET (After Extra Time)
France v Germany – Thursday 7 July, Marseille
Hosts France must win a competitive match against Germany for the first time since 1958 to book a spot in the final of Euro 2016.
Didier Deschamps’ side became the last team to qualify for the semi-finals with an emphatic 5-2 win over Iceland on Sunday, and it finally looks like Les Bleus are clicking into gear at the right time.
For Germany, a gruelling match with Italy on Saturday, coupled with the injuries to top scorer Mario Gomez, and Sami Khedira, and the suspension of Mats Hummels has really stacked the deck against Joachim Low’s side.
The World Cup holders, are always at their best when their backs are against the wall, but France have the squad capable of punishing any team in world football, and their individual talent may just give them the edge in this one.
France have rich history in succeeding on home soil, and that will continue on Thursday, though expect this one to be a classic.